Kalmia angustifolia
sheep laurel

Kalmia angustifolia
Kalmia angustifolia
Photo, Renee Brecht
Britton & Brown
Botanical name: Kalmia angustifolia
Common name: sheep laurel
Group: dicot
Family: Ericaceae
Growth type: shrub
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 1-3'
Foliage: nearly straight stems and branches; leathery, elliptical to lance shaped leaves, persistent. Older leaves droop, while newer leaves stand more upright.
Flower: pink, 1/2"
Flowering time: June to July
Habitat: dry to moist, sandy or infertile soil, bogs, old fields
Range in New Jersey: statewide
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. USDA lists as a facultative wetland species, i.e., usually occurs in wetlands (estimated probability 67%-99%), but occasionally found in non-wetlands.

Sometimes called lambkill, because it is believed to be poisonous to sheep and cattle.